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Christchurch earthquake update

Christchurch is recovering well from the major earthquake that hit on 4 September.

New Zealand’s high levels of earthquake preparedness and strong infrastructure have seen essential services quickly restored to most of the area affected by the earthquake.

Christchurch International Airport is operating as normal, as are most transport links, and by 7 September 98% of tourism operators in Canterbury had reported that they were open for business.

Tourist areas around Christchurch including Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, Kaikoura and the local ski fields are unaffected, as is much of the Canterbury region (which surrounds Christchurch).

No other areas of New Zealand are affected by the earthquake.

Travellers who have bookings for travel to Christchurch and the Canterbury region over the next few weeks should contact their travel providers for the latest updates.

Those intending to transit through Christchurch to other regions will be unaffected.

Where to go for more information

The New Zealand Government website linking to central and local government agencies and others supporting the response to the Canterbury earthquake.

Information for international visitors and businesses can be found at and on the Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism website  

Information for students can be found on the Ministry of Education website 


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